Adolph Nussmann Monument, Concord
The Nussmann monument is in the form of an obelisk standing on a double base with a total height of 14-feet. Most of the area of the base and obelisk are roughhewn with the base tops and strip along the edges being finished. The bottom third of the obelisk is finished on each side containing the inscriptions.
Front: ADOLPH NUSSMAN / 1739 – 1794 / PIONEER MINISTER AND FOUNDER / OF THE LUTHERAN CHURCH / IN NORTH CAROLINA
Left side: ADOLPH NUSSMANN WAS THE / FIRST LUTHERAN MINISTER IN / NORTH CAROLINA, SERVING ORGAN / AND ST. JOHN’S CHURCHES IN ROWAN CO. 1773-1774; AND / ST. JOHN’S CHURCH IN CABAR- / RUS CO. 1773-1794; AND ALSO / TRAVELING THROUGHOUT THE / PIEDMONT SECTION OF NORTH / CAROLINA MINISTERING TO / LUTHERANS AND ESTABLISH- / ING CHURCHES FOR THEM.
Rear: THIS MONUMENT WAS ERECTED / IN COMMEMORATION OF THE LIFE / AND WORK OF ADOLPH NUSSMAN / BY MEMBERS AND FRIENDS OF ST. / JOHN’S CHURCH, NOVEMBER 10, / 1935. THE ONE HUNDRED AND / NINETIETH ANNIVERSARY OF / ITS ORGANIZATION.
Right side: BORN IN GERMANY AND EDUCATED IN / THE UNIVERSITY OF GÖTTINGEN, - / CALLED THROUGH COMMISSIONERS / CHRISTOPHER LAYRLE OF ST. JOHN’S / CHURCH AND CHRISTOPHER RINTEL- / MANN OF ORGAN CHURCH TO MINIS- / TER TO LUTHERANS IN NORTH CAR- / OLINA, ARRIVING IN THE FALL OF / 1773, ABLE AND THROUGH SCHOL- / AR, DEVOUT AND SELF-SACRIFIC- / ING MINISTER DIED NOVEMBER / 3, 1794; BURIED ABOUT 200 / YARDS EAST OF THIS MONUMENT.
St. John’s Lutheran Church
November 10, 1935
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“Church Observes 119th Anniversary on Sunday,” The Charlotte Observer (Charlotte Observer), November 9, 1935
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“Unveil Monument to First Minister,” The News and Observer (Raleigh, NC), November 11, 1935
Members and friends of St. John’s Lutheran Church
Although Nussmann is credited with founding the organized Lutheran Church in North Carolina, congregations had formed in the state at least 30 years prior to his arrival in 1773.
The monument is located on the grounds of St. John's Lutheran Church Cemetery in Concord, NC. Traveling south from the intersection of St. Johns Church Road and Mt. Olive Road, the memorial and church are on the left. The church address is 100 St. Johns Church Road, Concord, NC.
The obelisk stands on the lawn, surrounded by small bushes and perennial plants.